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Bell Pepper ‘Pasta’ with Avocado Spinach Pesto

June 13, 2018Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Recipe reposted with permission from Cook for Your Life

This is a dish in which you use vegetables as “noodles.” Bell peppers are so perfect for this type of dish with their sweet subtle taste. The avocado spinach pesto is rich and creamy and packed with seriously good-for-you ingredients.

Servings: 4, Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 4 cups spinach, loosely packed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 3 yellow bell peppers
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Julienne the bell peppers, so they are a noodle-like thinness, set aside.
  2. In a food processor add spinach, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and avocado, and season with salt and pepper. Pulse till the sauce is smooth. Pour into a large bowl
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the sliced peppers and cook for about 2 minutes or until the pepper starts to soften.
  4. Drain the peppers, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water. Stir the water into the sauce to thin it. Toss the avocado sauce with the peppers. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Silvia Pinto, Drexel Food Lab

Nutritional Information

Calories: 220
Fat: 18g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat: 12g
Carbohydrates: 16g
Sugar: 1g
Fiber: 6g
Protein: 4g
Sodium: 556mg

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